Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Title: The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1)
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Published: November 13th 2012
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*A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review*

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.
Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.
With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.
But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Now, as I'm finished with this book, I can't tell you how much I loved this pretty and how frustrated I am with myself that I didn't read it sooner. I've been having terrible luck with my previous books and the few books I read right after The Edge of Never haven't been that great either so this baby stands out like a bright star among the others. I don't even know how to begin to write a review for all the amazingness this book held in its gorgeous words and one of the best, if not THE best, road trips. It was truly amazing!

“Just because one person's problem is less traumatic than another's doesn't mean they're required to hurt less” 

The story. Camryn (love love love that name--original and doesn't get lost in the sea of all the names for different MC-s) has recently lost her boyfriend in a car accident. Her brother serves time in jail for killing a person with drunk-driving and her parents have divorced. You can say that life is definitely not the same for her. Soon she gets into a fight with her best friend and since there's nothing left for her, she grabs her backpack and gets on a bus to nowhere. During her busride to the destination of self-searching, she meets a stranger who pushes her buttons. Andrew Parrish is a gorgeous guy with so much life hidden behind his humorous, rough and snarky shield. They become unlikely allies on the road and friendship, love and heartache are in store for them as well as us.

My thoughts. What I loved about this story the most was that it wasn't rushed. Everything happened when it was supposed to happen and it all felt so real and relatable thanks to that. It was such a refreshing book. We don't meet Andrew right away and it's a pretty long wait at that, however, we do get to spend time with Camryn and get to know her pretty well. She doesn't have any mysteries regarding her relationship with the readers. Everything's out there on the table and maybe even more refreshing and better due to it. We do have dual point of view, but there isn't Andrew's voice as much as Camryn's and I found it good because I wasn't expecting the ending AT ALL!!!! I was thoroughly surprised and taken aback and that's the reason it felt so raw and why my heart hurt so much.

I liked how the relationship between Camryn and Andrew was slow-burn. They get to know each other carefully, but step by step the walls come down and the wounds start to heal. Music has a special place in this book and I liked it a lot. Music means everything to me. When I dance, think, rest--whatever I do, I have music with me almost always. It's a huge part of my life. I adored how Andrew helped Camryn face her fears and reach for her dreams and vice versa. I also loved the road trip. It was so enjoyable and made me want to drop everything and go on the road now. We have a great cast of secondary characters as well who all have their own stories.

I absolutely LOVED this book. It was such a rush of emotions and I ugly-cried a bunch when the secret was revealed. I didn't see it coming and it was.. Oh boy, I feel my throat closing right now. It'll take me forever to get over that if ever. I cannot wait for the sequel. It could have worked perfectly as a stand-alone, but you won't hear me complaining about The Edge of Always. It will be perfect. Just like this pretty was. I know it! I can't believe I put this off so long. I'll purchase the paperback for sure, because it's just one of those books you want to re-read time and time again. The Edge of Never amazing, emotional and foremost inspirational. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Btw, lollllls.. I got a review copy from Netgalley, but then I discovered that I owned a kindle copy already. Oh well :D

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  1. I have seen this book around and I might have a copy on my Kindle (you really never know). Anyhow I'm so glad to hear that you loved it. The MC's name sounds so good and I love stories with tragedies and how people cope with them. Also it's always a good thing when things doesn't happen too fast or too slow, everything is one time. Meaning it's perfect. Great review Siiri ;)

  2. Yay! So glad you loved this one, Siiri. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did either, but it completely blew me away.
    I loved the slow burn romance as well.
    But I did think there was a little too much drama. However, the characters made up for it. I'm excited for the next book although I don't think it's necessary.
    Have you read Killing Sarai by this author yet?
    Lovely review, Siiri!

  3. Siiri why do you have to do this to me??? I've had a copy in forever too, but of course had it right down at the bottom of my to read pile. I love reading books especially when they are done really well. The slow relationship that develops between Andrew and Camryn sounds fantastic, and I love books with road trips and which feature music of any sort. I will definitely be bumping this book up my pile now after your gorgeous review! :)

  4. GORGEOUS REVIEW, SIIRI!! I was a little worried you wouldn't love TEoN as much as I did, but you did and your review does it absolute justice. I am so excited for The Edge of Always too. Not much longer!

  5. It's nice that the MC doesn't have secrets that she hides from the readers. That was one trend that I'd seen in NA that I wasn't too found of. Also really nice that their relationship was slow-burn - one of my favorite types :D - and that there was extra on music. While I don't have as personal connection to music as it seems that you have, I still find passages with other arts like music to be inexorably beautiful. :) I hope the Edge of Always lives up to your expectations!

  6. I don't think I will be reading this book (not my cup of tea), but I do love the sound of the pacing. It's great when everything just feels right. Rushed stories can be so frustrating. And yeay for slow romance! :) I'm happy you loved it so much.


  7. Great review. The story sounds so good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  8. I read this a while ago and really enjoyed it. The ending was pretty emotional and oh-so-good. I loved how things ended and I won't be picking up the sequel. Why do authors feel the need to continue a story that ended perfectly only to frustrate us by ruining it with another story? No thanks. Lovely review, Siiri! :)